Watching New Year's football, and made a go at antiquing: Products Used: (1) Dark Brown Melatonian Cream (1) Black Melatonian Cream First, I mixed the shoe creams together on a sheet of paper that was quartered with a plastic butter knife. Â A small tin of water was placed to the side for burnishing and finishing. Â Here are the shoes with the original chestnut color (note the toe caps have already been shined).
The cream was applied with an old T-shirt cut into strips. Â I first applied a light coat of the mixed cream in a circular pattern on the toe caps, extending up the center of the boot. I experimented with the "friction" burnishing method and simply letting the cream remain "caked" on the boots for an hour or two before buffing. Â I personally found that the caking method worked a little better with creams; however, the burnishing method does work with paste polishes and a lot of elbow grease (history taught me this lesson on a pair of AE Hancocks). I didn't want this to turn into an all-day affair, so I selectively darkened the toe caps and the leather around the outer heel counters. Â I finished by polishing the shoes with a coat of Tan Carnuba based wax from Cole Haan. Â Results are posted below:
Note: The left boot is a shade darker than the right. Â Unnoticeable unless you're looking for a discrepancy--I personally think of this "amateur job" as adding individuality to the shoe
Toe caps in Detail:
Here are the heel counters, the inside (untreated) and outside (antiqued). Â I really like this look:
I really need school to start again, so I don't have this much free time. Â This makes me want to pick up a captoe oxford, wingtip, or wholecut in chestnut so I can experiment some more.